David Whitehouse moves to Picador

David Whitehouse moves to Picador

Picador has bought the second novel by Betty Trask Prize winner David Whitehouse.

Francesca Main, Picador editorial director, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in the book, titled Mobile Library, from Cathryn Summerhayes at WME. US rights have been sold to Paul Whitlatch at Scribner.

Main said: "Mobile Library is an absolute joy – sparky, charismatic, dark, funny, playful and bursting with heart. David Whitehouse is a dazzling writer."

The book is the tragi-comic story of troubled 12-year-old Bobby Nusku, who escapes his small town in a stolen library on wheels along with a lonely single mother, her young daughter and a dog named Bert. As they travel across the country, these lost souls are brought together not only by their adventures but by the books inside the mobile library.
As well as being a novelist, Whitehouse is a journalist and screenwriter. His first novel, Bed (Canongate), won the 2012 Betty Trask Prize and has been published in 18 countries.  

Picador will publish Mobile Library in hardback on 8th January 2015.